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Winding down this blog

This is the last blip before Scienceblogs.com/thescian fades into the background. I am no more a blogger. The past few years has been a memorable journey and your company was wonderful. A big thank you to you, the readers, and to Scienceblogs who made this a great experience for me. Please visit TheScian.com to relive…

Bigger than the US oil spill

Bhopal. The recent court verdict is a horrid reflection on the fundamental indecency of humanity. 7000 dead and 25 years later a verdict that is all but a fucking whitewash, thanks to Union Carbide, a US company. American tragedies sink the hearts of everyone everywhere. Their president knows which ass to kick (btw, half of…

DesiPundit no more

Signed-off with an apt message.

Watching French Open

Watched the match between Soderling and Federer. Soderling is a brute, and he played a brilliant game. Distastefully aggressive play that never let Federer in the game. A quick tech note that may be of some interest to geeks. I am at a place where there is no TV and no broadband internet. I carry…

Updates on blogging, SF book

I feel obliged to inform you of the reason for the paucity of posts on this blog. I have been busy for the past six months on a startup (software) which has swallowed all my spare time like a blackhole eating light. The gravitational well I have fallen seems to be too deep to send…

Middle-ground

When we are young, we have it easy. Unfounded confidence and untested convictions informed much of my muddling through as I tried growing up. Whether I have grown up or have just aged is open to interpretation. In any case, I am not young anymore. As I near middle-age, inevitably, I keep looking out for…

I am out of Facebook

The name Facebook comes from college yearbooks where photos of classmates are stuck and things are scribbled on. The scribblings are some(many?)times deeply regretted later in life. As most of you who read this may already know, Zuckerberg who started Facebook is young and reckless (not unusual in itself, but his success with Facebook is).…

Update on TheScian SF Book

As you may know, we are publishing a Science fiction anthology with the stories from the yearly SF contest. In latest news on that, Proof copy has arrived from both CreateSpace and Lulu. I like the CreateSpace copy better because the dimensions look right. Lulu has done good job as well.

Temple Stampede in India

4 March 2010: BBC News. At least 60 people have died in a stampede after the gate of a Hindu temple collapsed in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Previous Stampedes 14 Jan 2010. Seven die in India temple festival stampede Sep 30, 2008. Atleast 100 dead at Chamunda Devi temple in the city…

An important ruling on data retention by German Federal court that sets the politicians and beaurocrats straight. Germany’s highest court on Tuesday overturned a law allowing authorities to retain data on telephone calls and e-mail traffic to help fight terrorism and crime. The Federal Constitution Court ruled that major changes needed to be made to…